Sunday, March 14, 2010

I like me some contagions!

The NIH has a great online exhibit of public health posters. They are all wonderfully strange and utterly ridiculous - I can't even pick one favourite, although I think I would have to go with the Chinese diatribe against spitting (burn it! Burn it!!!). A propos of nothing, is it just me, or is the spitting problem actually getting worse? I see it all the time....

Also fascinating: the iconography key, and the evolution of ideas about sources of contagion and "safe" sex.

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